These wonderful illustrations are from ‘Mrs Beeton’s Book for Household Management’ which was published around 1861. We, at Mimi Berlin, are always in awe of what people used to call salads. Look at these colorful sombrero-like dishes below, aren’t they just great?! How much fun are they compared to the salads we serve today? Right, SO much more fun!
Book of Household Management
“Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management was a guide to all aspects of running a household in Victorian Britain, edited by Isabella Beeton. It was originally titled Beeton’s Book of Household Management, in line with the other guide-books published by Beeton. It was first published as a book in 1861 by S. O. Beeton Publishing, 161 Bouverie Street, London, a firm founded by her husband, Samuel Beeton.”
Home Life and Comfort
“Isabella, was 21 years old when she started working on the book, and she died at 28. The first publication was in 1859 in the form of 24 monthly installments. On December 25, 1861, the monthly installments were combined into book form and called The Book of Household Management, and was used as a guide for all Things Connected with Home Life and Comfort.”
The Grandmother of Modern Domestic Goddesses
“It was an immediate best-seller, selling 60,000 copies in its first year and totaling nearly two million copies by 1868. Beeton has been described as ‘the grandmother of modern domestic goddesses’ and to this day her name still has iconic status in Britain: most people recognize it and know its connotations, although relatively few have actually come into contact with the book itself.”
Okay, so we really needed to clean up Mimi Berlin’s HQ the other day. Being completely honest with you; that’s a dreadful task for us. We don’t like it, never have, never will, but we had to. By the time we were almost done, there was more than light at the end of our clean tunnel! As we opened up a a fresh new pack of trash bags by Brabantia there is was; surprise and laughter when we noticed the text ‘Ich Bin Ein Binliner’ printed on them! Just what we needed: some good old plain fun after a hard day of cleaning! Danke Schön Studio Aandacht for giving us domestic household pleasure!
Green Boiled Eggs: In our search for “surrealistic food” we also came across things you can do to an egg. The tips and tricks we found to handle eggs are mostly made to feed a child, but with a little imagination these molds (and what have you) can be a great start for a seriously beautiful and surreal meal.
Dr Seuss’ green eggs and ham
How to make a heart shaped egg
More serious matters: How to Boil an Egg Etc, is a collection of simple and unusual recipes for cooking eggs from Rose Bakery.
Egg and pasta lunchbox, known in japanese as kyaraben (“character bento”) (Egg in pig head shape is made with a mold, see next picture)
Once the egg is placed in the mold, carefully and slowly close the top. If you close it too fast, more egg may get stuck in the middle, and you may not get the egg to fill all of the corners of the mold. If you see the egg start to escape the mold, you can use a finger to carefully poke it inwards. When the mold is closed, use the tab to fasten it.
Boiled Egg Mold to make small egg sausages with yolks shaped in square, heart, star and flower shapes.
Earlier we posted a, somewhat more glamorous, recipe for Disco eggs
Adventure #24: Tosti is Independent: As we all know little Tosti has a big appetite. Most of the time he’ll just find his food in front of him, served in a collector’s bowl (shop those collector’s items). But due to an increasing workload for his parents, he has to prepare his own meals more frequently than before. And, let’s be frank, he is no spring puppy anymore, he can handle that independence just fine. At first The Diva was at a loss in the kitchen………
Being a very intelligent dog, he soon found out where to get the goodies…..
Autochrome Lumiere is an early color photography process patented in 1903 by the Lumière brothers in France. Photographers used to experiment with this technique a lot at that time, often using every day objects. This resulted in many pretty and not so slick photographic studies like the ones below. For us, at Mimi Berlin, and for you, our friends a peek at every day life of those days.. Buyah!
Bibi Lartigue in Nice. 1920 (autochrome) Photo – Jacques Henri Lartigue
Glass dish with classical figures, ceramic bowl and vase of flowers, 1915
Orchid via http://felixnadarroom.blogspot.nl/2011/01/autochrome-lumiere-nature-flowers.html